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    OPENING batsman David Warner is adamant a sore thumb won’t keep him from the Boxing Day Test against India.

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    CRICKET fans in the rest of Australia have seen what an excellent Test batsman Steve Smith has become in the past 12 months.

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    AFL Round 9 - Richmond v Melbourne

    May 17, 2014

    Event: AFL Round 9
    Teams: Richmond v Melbourne
    Date: Saturday May 17
    Start time: 1.40pm

    Gates open: 11.30am

    Expected attendance: 55,000

    Car parking - Yarra Park:

    There will be a partial closure of Yarra Park for this match while landscape works take place throughout the park. Car parking capacity will be reduced by half.

    The MCC strongly recommends that patrons utilise public transport to avoid disappointment. Designated areas will be set aside to cater for patrons with disabled parking permits.

    Gate 3: CLOSED
    Gate 5: 9.00am
    Gate 6: 10.00am
    Gate 7: 8.00am (passholders only)

    Note: AFL Playground will also be closed for this event.

    Tom Hafey pre-match tribute

    Richmond will also pay tribute to Tommy Hafey in a pre-game ceremony.

    As part of the tribute, Hafey’s family and former players from his premiership teams will walk onto the MCG moments to honour his contribution to Richmond and the broader football community.

    All fans in attendance at the game will also be invited to pay their respects by joining in a minute’s applause to celebrate Tommy’s life. All supporters should ensure they are in their seats by 1.30pm so as not to miss the tribute.

    It is highly recommended that those attending pre-purchase either a reserved seat or general admission entry and avoid what are expected to be long queues due to the early start and the tribute.         

    General admission seating:

    Great Southern Stand
    M1-M9
    Q1-Q15

    Olympic Stand
    Q49-Q57

    Ponsford Stand
    Q29-Q36

    Cheersquad allocation:
    Richmond - Bays M3 (Rows A-K) and M4 (Rows A-K)
    Melbourne - Bay M33 (Row A-S)

    Tickets: Reserved seats on sale at Ticketek.

    Seating plan - Category B

    View MCG conditions of entry